Lauri Adverb – “There Is No Blue without Yellow and Orange”

September 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm (Lauri Adverb, Poetry & Literature)

(said Van Gogh)


I usedta love music

and you usedta stare into my eyes, the soundtrack

to my voice.

You never joined me

at the piano concerto

where I saved you a seat, second row center.

We never traveled to MOMA

to together grasp Vincent’s intense

loud brushstrokes.

I hate music. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rush – “Clockwork Angels” (2012)

September 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

Another take on Rush’s excellent new album… this time from esteemed heavy metal writer Martin Popoff, from his magazine Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, dated May 31st…

Hard to believe, but this is the first full concept album for the Willy Wonkas of prog metal, Clockwork Angels being a complicated, oblique, angled tale involving less steampunk than rumour had it and much more about the march of time, all wrapped up in the meaninglessness for the non-believer, except for some sort of inner temple-building, or a garden as it were, Candide-style. If Vapor Trails was in the spirit (but not the sound) of red, yellow and blue Crimson (frantic, textured, high on the shelf), Clockwork Angels is in the glorious yet dour (an apt result of ascribing to Neil’s belief system) spirit of Wetton-era Crimson mixed with Van Der Graaf Generator, with all the Victorian weight lead-lined in a box of the two institutions. And therein lies one of a few steampunk nods, as there’s no one more “watchmaker” than Peter Hammill.

A singular Rush triumph results, and yes, before we even get to the music, there really is so much to ponder here, as there’s lyrics, light narration, visuals, and then an exo-story by Kevin J. Anderson. And like the best concept albums, the lyrics alone are mostly abstraction, with further abstraction caused by demarcation into their necessary chapters, welcome, so that these hugely ambitious and exclusively dark songs can stand on their own as Rush songs, soon to be mouthed by crowds in the wrongness for this of hockey barns.

But the concept nature is not the least of why this feels like the most unified and purposeful Rush album since Vapor Trails and before that, Signals and its pastels – it’s the baffling music, an almost new invention, or new is old, or “the future as it’s meant to be” in steampunk parlance. Gone is Alex’s trinket of layering in acoustic to accompany the riff (I always thought this sounded like a tear in the woofer), and also gone, then, logically, is any of the tinkle in Rush production, the brightness, which started with Grace and then reared its head to varying degrees and with often enrageable persona throughout, on every album, save I suppose for Vapor Trails. Read the rest of this entry »

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Willy Moon – “I Wanna Be Your Man” (Video – 2011)

September 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm (Music)

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President Obama’s Weekly Address (Sept. 22, 2012)

September 24, 2012 at 6:45 am (Life & Politics)

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Willy Moon – “Railroad Track” (Video – 2012)

September 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm (Music)

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Bob Dylan – “The Original Mono Recordings” (2010)

September 15, 2012 at 11:06 am (Bob Dylan, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Here is a long examination of Bob Dylan’s 2010 box set, which consisted of all of his early albums (up to and including John Wesley Harding) presented in mono, as they were initially intended to be heard. This comes from Blue Yonder and was written by Roger Ford. I’m not exactly sure of the date of this article, but it is presented in pdf form, so please click on the link below…

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President Obama’s Weekly Address (Sept. 15, 2012)

September 15, 2012 at 8:49 am (Life & Politics)

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Bob Dylan – “Tempest” (2012)

September 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm (Bob Dylan, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Another take on the new Dylan album. Jim Farber’s mostly unfavorable review from the New York Daily News, Sept. 11, 2012…

Dylan’s sprawling new album is full of violence and carnage, set to generic folk and blues tunes; there’s also a song about John Lennon.

A man shot in the back, another one bleeding through the mouth. A woman run through with a knife by her own hand. An ocean bobbing with hundreds of dead bodies.

Dastardly deeds and tragic circumstances of this sort form the nasty core of Bob Dylan’s latest disc. Fifty years into a storied career, the bard has cooked up a work primed to rival the most carnage-crazed CDs of gangsta rap.

While the Tempest title has caused tea-leaf readers to draw an ominous connection to Shakespeare’s final work, Dylan’s disc actually inches closer to King Lear. It finds an older man railing against a world that’s getting away from him. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Sudden Endings”

September 13, 2012 at 1:22 am (Poetry & Literature)

Written Sept. 8, 2012

for A.L.C.

She went running madly into his arms
said she was sorry but had to
leave me behind,
sitting here all alone,
feeling blindsided and betrayed
she told me she loved me
and wanted me forever
but isn’t that what they all say?

Now tears are never far away
whenever I think of her
each and every memory
seems to whisper her name —
Amanda Lynn,
wishing she could still be mine Read the rest of this entry »

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President Obama’s Weekly Address (Sept. 8, 2012)

September 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm (Life & Politics)

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